When you want to visit Nusa Penida, you don’t actually need to leave from Bali.
From the neighbouring island of Lombok you can reach Nusa Penida by fast boat already in 1.5 hour with Gili Gateway.
Most of the ferries leave from Bangsal Pier in the northwest of Lombok, but there is also one fast ferry service departing from Senggigi Pier. This pier is easier when you already stay in Senggigi or are coming from the Kuta, Lombok in the south.
Indirect ferry from Lombok to Nusa Penida via Gili and Bali
Because of the close proximity, most ferries departing from Lombok will first pick up passengers from the three Gili islands, calling at Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.
After leaving the Gili Islands, boats call first at Padangbai in Bali. Expect to wait about 30 minutes at Padangbai as passengers staying on Bali mainland disembark and wait for their luggage to be unloaded. After this last stop, it will be about 30minutes more to Nusa Penida.
Direct ferry from Lombok to Nusa Penida
Luckily, it doesn’t need to take that long though. The ferry from Gili Getaway goes the other way around and actually already stopped in Bali and Gili Islands, before coming to Lombok. This means the ferry from Gili Getaway will go straight from Lombok to the Gili Islands, making this journey from Lombok to Nusa Penida only 1.5 hour.
The only disadvantage is that you will need to pay more for your ticket ($40). If you rather save this money and don’t mind spending more time on the ferry, you can book your ferry tickets with Golden Crown from $24 or with Ekajaya Fastboat from $26.
How to get to Bangsal Pier in Lombok?
From Senggigi to Bangsal Pier
Duration: 30 minutes Cost: 115,000 IDR ($7)
When staying in Sengigi, we recommend booking the Golden Queen ferry departing at 12:30 from Senggigi Pier.
However, if this boat is sold out or you rather take the direct ferry with Gili Getaway, then you’ll have to travel to Bangsal Pier first.
The easiest way to reach Bangsal Pier from your accommodation in Senggigi is by taxi. Taxi fares start at 115,000 IDR ($7) when coming from Senggigi and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes along the scenic coastal road.
Bluebird is the most reliable taxi company, and can be flagged down in the street or booked by phone (0370 627000) or via a dedicated app.
Another option is to ask your hotel if they offer shared rides to Bangsal Pier. This will help save a few dollars, although the travel time will likely take a little longer.
From Kuta, South Lombok to Bangsal Pier
Duration: 2 hours Cost: 400,000 IDR ($25)
From Kuta in South Lombok there are no metered taxis such as BlueBird but there are plenty of tour desks who can arrange a taxi or simply enquire at your accommodation for a taxi.
Most taxi’s can accommodate up to four passengers, while larger people carriers are available on request. Expect to pay at least 400,000 IDR ($25) for this 2 hour journey to Bangsal Pier.
Getting Around Nusa Penida
Don’t expect the roads in Nusa Penida to be the same as in Bali. Notoriously uneven, undulating and many roads aren’t sealed at all, so extra care should be taken.
However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to rent a bike and explore all the sights Nusa Penida has to offer at your own pace. Just make sure you have experience with driving motorbikes, which is obviously required on every destination you rent a motorbike in Bali.
Scooter rentals costs only about 75,000 IDR ($5) per day when shopping around. Or even easier, book your scooter in advance with Klook for $5.50 ($0.50 more)more and receive a good working one. This service will deliver the motorbike straight to your accommodation.
IF you don’t feel comfortable to drive a bike, you can also hire a driver with air-conditioned car. This will cost around 350,000 IDR per half day and up to 600,000 IDR for a full day.
For better prices and more security, you can also book a chartered car for a fixed price of 575,000 IDR ($40) with Klook.